Community Warden (Post 03.124)
Full time (37 hours per week)
18 month fixed term contract
Are you a vibrant, engaging, committed and resilient individual who is passionate about community work? If the answer is “yes” then we’d love hear from you!
Guildford is a regional centre for leisure, business, education, shopping and culture set in beautiful countryside that includes the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Guildford is a thriving market town and is a principal shopping destination with a vibrant night time economy. The town’s geographical location provides excellent transport links in all directions, London is just 30 minutes away on the train and the town is well-served by frequent bus routes and subsidised Park and Ride facilities. All of this contributes to a quality of life that attracts many people to live, work in and visit Guildford.
What’s in it for you?
With some 900 employees, we are a hugely diverse organisation delivering a wide range of services and employing people with an even broader range of skills. We are eager to attract the best so we provide excellent training opportunities, including support towards professional qualifications and offer well established flexible working arrangements including the ability to vary your start and finish times, work from home and take extra flexi days (by agreement). We also offer many other benefits including health and wellbeing initiatives and discount off a range of well-known high street shops and supermarkets. This role attracts a salary of £25,877 - £30,200 per annum and an annual leave entitlement of 24 days plus bank holidays.
What you’ll do on a typical day:
As a Community Warden, you will develop, strengthen and empower communities within Guildford borough. You will be out in the community so that you can develop, and at times lead, community-based initiatives that help communities become more resilient. You will be actively engaging communities in making sense of the issues that affect their lives and help them set goals for improvement, bringing about social change, and improving the quality of life in their local area. You are expected to:
- Develop new community groups, focus groups and resources in dialogue with the community to promote community participation
- Plan and deliver events that involve communities of less advantage and promote wellbeing and social inclusion
- Ensuring that local people have their say by arranging and leading meetings, focus groups and drop in sessions with the local community
- Building links with other groups and agencies
- Helping raise public awareness on issues relevant to the community.
What you need to succeed in this role:
At a minimum, you will be able to demonstrate:
- A desire to help communities and compassion with regard to the issues they face
- Excellent communication skills and use of social media
- Positivity and resilience
- Excellent team working skills combined with the ability to work independently
- Flexibility in working style and if required flexible hours
- Strong assertiveness skills and the ability to deal with difficult situations
- Strong organisational skills with attention to detail
- A sense of humour and a willingness to try new things!
It would be great if you also have:
- Good IT skills with a demonstrable knowledge of MS Word and Outlook
- Previous experience in working with people of less advantage.
Closing date: Sunday 8 September 2019
Interview date: Thursday 19 September 2019